WASHINGTON — The University of Colorado men’s cross country team has been invited to the White House after winning the 2013 NCAA Championship last November.
The Buffs will meet with the President of the United States on Monday, March 10, in the traditional White House ceremony sometime in the afternoon. It will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live. They will become just the third CU team to have the honor and privilege of meeting the president.
The CU men won their fourth NCAA Cross Country Championship since 2001 last year. The Buffs, who were ranked third heading into the meet, soundly defeated runner-up and then-No. 1 Northern Arizona (149-169). Oklahoma State, ranked second overall, was an overwhelming favorite heading into the race, and placed third with 230 points.
CU is sending eight athletes who participated in the national championship to meet President Obama. Co-captains Blake Theroux and Connor Winter will be joined by Ammar Moussa, Pierce Murphy, Morgan Pearson, Zach Perrin, Ben Saarel and Dillon Shije.
The team will be accompanied by senior associate athletic director Jim Senter, associate head coach Heather Burroughs and assistant coach Billy Nelson. They will be honored along with other national championship teams at a yet-to-be-determined time on Monday, once President Obama’s schedule for the day is finalized.